Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas: 15 buys that are both gorgeous and sustainable

Shop these eco-friendly gifts if you're determined to ensure that this Christmas is your most ethical and environmentally friendly yet (and why wouldn't you?)

eco-friendly natural paper with ribbon by period living
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The eco-friendly gifts in this guide will delight just about everyone and are made sustainably and without the use of excessive packaging. Moreover, if you really want to make a difference with your gifts this year, some companies featured in our guide donate part of their profit to environmental charities. Whether it's a set of luxurious organic towels, a Christmas hamper, or a coffee subscription with a difference, there are lots of options to choose from at a variety of price points. 

Christmas (and in particular Christmas gifts) can prove a challenge. This is where our sustainable Christmas gift guide comes into its own, proving that being conscious of your impact on the Earth doesn't have to mean gifting rubbish presents at Christmas.

For more gifting options, check out our best Christmas gift ideas 2020.

Best eco-friendly candle for Christmas: Beefayre

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1. Beefayre Winter Berries Large Scented Candle

best eco-friendly candle for Christmas: paraffin free and comes in recycled packaging

Specifications
Category: Home fragrance
Price range: Under £20
Best for: Anyone who loves home scents
Reasons to buy
+Rock-solid sustainable credentials+Beautiful packaging +Inexpensive
Reasons to avoid
-Gifting a scent can be difficult 

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Beefayre candles are about as ethical and sustainable as can be: they're made using only natural wax, no paraffin or beeswax, and natural fragrances and essential oils if you're concerned about strong smells. And the packaging is made from recycled glass. And the company give part of their profits to bee conservation. 

Who will it suit?

Who won't it suit, is the question? An easy-going, sweet smell of berries that's perfect for winter, this home fragrance will delight just about anyone (unless you know they don't use any fragrance at home at all).

Good to know

The company also make bath and body products and art prints, if you want to bulk out the gift a bit more.

recycled glass vases by LSA International

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2. LSA International recycled glass vases

The best recycled glass gift: very stylish and eco-friendly

Specifications
Category: Home decor
Price range : Under £50
Best for: Those who like cut flowers
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful designs+Recycled glass
Reasons to avoid
-The smaller ones are really quite small

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

A sophisticated and beautifully designed gift, the recycled glass vases by LSA International are sustainably made and have gorgeous, unusual shapes that will look great as part of a contemporary decorating scheme. 

Who will it suit?

This is the perfect gift for those who favour a more contemporary or minimalist decorating style. Having said that, the design is universal enough to also look good in period properties with a more eclectic style. 

Good to know

LSA make several shapes in the recycled range, so you can mix and match, get the trio of mini vases, or get one larger one. There's also a terrarium, a planter, and a set of tumblers in the same range, all gorgeous.

Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

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3. Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

The best eco-friendly Christmas gift for beginners

Specifications
Category: Toiletries/personal care
Price range: Under £150
Best for: Anyone who wants to switch to eco products
Reasons to buy
+Useful +Everything you need in one kit 
Reasons to avoid
-Packaging a bit plain 

Why is is an eco-friendly gift?

Every single thing in this wonderfully useful kit is made from high-quality, sustainable materials, from bamboo toothbrushes to reusable makeup removal pads to the zero-waste dental floss (our tried and loved favourite from this kit). 

Who will it suit?

Anyone who has expressed an interest in going plastic free in their house, but finds searching for individual products that are sustainable exhausting (don't we all). If you think they're open to trying something new, they'll love it.

Good to know

While we applaud the idea behind the reusable wooden case this gift set comes in, you might have to be a bit creative to make this gift look a bit more Christmassy, because the case is unpainted and looks a little bit plain. 

Pact coffee

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4. Pact Coffee subscription

Specifications
Category: Food & Drink
Price range: Under £20
Best for: Coffee lovers, of course
Reasons to buy
+Fairtrade coffee+Good range of subscription options
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

Pact Coffee will wow coffee lovers with the quality of their beans – and with their Fairtrade credentials

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

While Pact Coffee isn't certified organic, we like their philosophy: pay coffee growers more so that they have the time and resources to produce higher-quality coffee. Unlike mainstream brands, Pact invest into speciality coffee, which is produced under better conditions both for the environment and the worker.

Who will it suit?

All your friends/family who are coffee addicts. They will love not having to remember to get coffee, having it delivered to their door at the frequency they choose.

Good to know

Pact subscriptions include Nespresso-compatible pods as well as bags of ground coffee.

Umi. by Amazon Water Bottle

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5. Umi. by Amazon Water Bottle

The best reusable bottle that's gift-worthy: just look at those shiny colours

Specifications
Category: Kitchen storage/personal items
Price range: Under £20
Best for: Everyone
Reasons to buy
+Plastic free+No paint+Thermos and bottle in one
Reasons to avoid
-Colours are a bit limited

This water bottle by Amazon epitomises the best in eco-friendly bottle design. It's both a bottle and thermal flask in one, so it retains heat as well as keeping water fresh and cool, so you can use it in lots of different ways – for tea, soup, and so on.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

This water bottle is made from stainless steel and can be reused thousands of times before it'll need replacing. They'll never need to buy a bottle of water again. 

Who will it suit?

Anyone – it's so stylish that it'll look equally good in a fancy handbag as it will in a rucksack. 

Good to know

This bottle doesn't use paint – instead, they've spray-coated it, making the finish more durable. We do wish they'd done a few more colours. 

Morgiana bamboo dinnerware set

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6. Morgiana Bamboo Dinnerware Set

The best eco-friendly gift for picnic and birthday parties

Specifications
Category: Dinnerware
Price range: Under £50
Best for: Those who like picnics or outdoor parties
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Bamboo isn't as durable as porcelain

Reduce the need for disposable plates with these beautifully designed dinnerware sets made from bamboo.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Bamboo is a highly sustainable material, thanks to the fact that bamboo is so quick -growing. Disposable paper plates are often coated in plastic film, making them non-recyclable; these can be either hand-washed or put in the dishwasher. 

Who will it suit?

Anyone who likes throwing garden parties, going on picnics, or regularly hosts kids' parties. 

Good to know

While bamboo is much more durable than paper, it won't last forever; you also shouldn't put these plates in the microwave or oven. 

Seventex Healthy Towels

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7. Seventex Healthy Towels

Best eco-friendly Christmas gift for the bathroom

Specifications
Category: Bathroom
Price range: Under £50
Best for: Those who prefer practical gifts
Reasons to buy
+Organic cotton+Gorgeous quality
Reasons to avoid
-Only two colour choices

We promise you that once your gift recipient tries out organic cotton towels, they'll never go back to regular towels.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Organic cotton production uses up to 90 per cent water than that of regular cotton; it's made under better conditions for the workers, too, without polluting their land. And – organic cotton is kinder to skin, so is great for allergy and eczema sufferers.

Who will it suit?

Towels will never go waste whoever you gift them to, but if you know anyone who loves a bath, they'll appreciate these even more. 

Good to know

It's hard to go wrong with the grey/natural colour options, but we wish there were a couple more colours to choose from. 

sustainable home book from amazon

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8. Sustainable Home book by Christine Liu

The best book about sustainability

Specifications
Category: Book
Price range: Under £20
Best for: book lovers
Reasons to buy
+Beautifully illustrated+Lots of practical tips and projects
Reasons to avoid
-Some sections are a bit long

Know someone who's keen to be more earth conscious in 2020? Inspire them to make positive life changes with this handy and pretty practical book.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

While the sustainability of printed books is debatable, the fact that this book is about living more sustainably in other ways compensates, in our opinion. Practical and helpful, this book is full of handy everyday tips for reducing your carbon footprint, eating more sustainably, and going plastic-free. 

Who will it suit?

Anyone interested in living sustainably will appreciate this book, but it's especially suitable for people who generally like to read.

Organic cotton pyjamas

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9. Organic cotton pyjamas

The best eco-friendly gift for lazy Sundays

Specifications
Category: Nightwear
Price range: Under £100
Best for: Those who like wearing loungewear
Reasons to buy
+Organic cotton+Beautiful prints
Reasons to avoid
-Can only buy on Etsy

A pyjama set is such a Christmas gift classic – there's literally no one who won't appreciate a new set. 

Why is it an eco-friendly set?

This pyjama set is handmade in the UK using 100% organic cotton. So, not only are you buying an item made from an eco-friendly material, but you're reducing the air miles of your purchase.

Who will it suit?

Who doesn't like pyjamas, especially when they're this soft?

Good to know

There are other prints and types available from the same maker, at a range of prices. 

Chantecaille Wild Pair gift set

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10. Chantecaille Wild Pairs set

The best eco-friendly makeup gift

Specifications
Category: Beauty
Price range : Under £100
Best for: Anyone who loves wearing makeup
Reasons to buy
+Amazing quality+Beautiful packaging+Donates to wildlife conservation
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Anyone who loves make-up will love you for giving them this set from Chantecaille.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Chantecaille make high-quality, beautiful make up – the colours, textures, and the packaging are all to die for. They are also committed to helping wildlife: every time you purchase their limited edition (some permanent range) make up, part of the profit goes towards wildlife conservation trusts. The Wild Pairs set contains a lipstick and a blush, and a gorgeous box. 

Who will it suit?

Anyone who likes high-quality makeup – it doesn't get much better than this. 

Good to know 

You are only getting a blush and a lipstick in this set, so you might consider getting them something else as well. 

Tufted Tribal Handwoven Beige Rug

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11. Bloomsbury Market tribal rug

The best eco-friendly gift for the home

Specifications
Category: Homewares
Price range : £100-200
Best for: Eco-conscious home movers
Reasons to buy
+100% wool+Undyed and unbleached+Handmade
Reasons to avoid
-Will need moth protection

This gorgeous Tribal rug by the Bloomsbury Market has been handwoven in India. 

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Unlike machine-woven rugs that use polypropylene and dyed wool, this rug is as natural as can be: it's handmade by skilled artisans in India from unbleached and undyed wool, which is better for the environment and your health. 

Who will it suit?

Anyone who's been after a cream, Moroccan-style rug – this one is even better.

Good to know

Wool rugs are prone to being attacked by moths, so it will need regular vacuuming/cleaning.

Wild and Wolf developmental bear

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12. Wild and Wolf Petit Collage Organic Baby Developmental Soft Toy Bear

Best eco-friendly gift for kids

Specifications
Category: Toys
Price range: Under £25
Best for: Children
Reasons to buy
+Cute contrasting design good for baby's development+Filled with recycled plastic bottle material+Organic cotton
Reasons to avoid
-Shouldn't be machine washed

This super-cute toy is sustainably made, and babies love it.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

It's made from organic cotton and filled with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. And it comes in simple paper packaging.

Who will it suit? 

New parents! 

Good to know 

The heart vibrates when pulled, which adds to the sensory stimulation this lovely toy provides. Its only drawback is that it can't be machine washed – only spot cleaning is recommended. 

Indoor Herb Gardens in Rustic Jars

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13. Indoor Herb Garden in Rustic Jars

Best gift for grow-your-own enthusiasts

Specifications
Category: Plants
Price range: Under £20
Best for: Growing enthusiasts
Reasons to buy
+Completely plastic free+UK sourced seeds
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with a grow lamp

Anyone who loves using fresh herbs in cooking will appreciate this well thought-through indoor herb garden kit. The rustic jars are so cute – and you can choose a different number of jars, between three and six. 

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

The seller has made a commendable effort to eliminate all plastic packaging (even bubble wrap), and the jars are reusable as storage (or another herb garden next year). The seeds are UK-sourced, which is both sustainable and produces better results when growing. 

Who will it suit?

Herbs are easy to grow, and with everything you need included in the kit, this git is suitable even for complete beginners.

Good to know

The only downside is that this doesn't come with a grow lamp – you/they will need to get one separately. 

Vegan Luxury Hamper

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14. Vegan Luxury Hamper

Best eco-friendly gift for foodies

Specifications
Category: Food
Price range: £35-50
Best for: Foodies
Reasons to buy
+Great selection of foods+Can be personalised+Can add booze +Comes in a gorgeous presentation box
Reasons to avoid
-Choice of tipple is limited 

The don't have to be vegan to appreciate this gorgeous Christmas hamper.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift? 

From quality nut butters to organic biscuits, chocolate, and fruit bars, this cornucopia of snacks is a great choice for absolutely anyone, not just your vegan friends. Everything has been thoughtfully chosen and is delicious. 

Who will it suit?

Honestly, anyone – and the fact that it comes beautifully packaged, with the option to add a bottle of gin or brandy makes it even more opulent. 

Good to know

We do wish the selection of alcohol was a bit better because (gasp!) not everyone likes gin. An organic prosecco would've been great, but you can always get taht separately. 

Neom bedtime ritual set

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15. Neom bedtime ritual set

Best eco-friendly gift for luxury skincare lovers

Specifications
Category: Skincare/wellness
Price range: Under £50
Best for: Skincare junkies
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous products+Natural ingredients+Nice box
Reasons to avoid
-Products are small-sized

All Neom stuff smells heavenly, and this lovely gift set is no exception.

Why is it an eco-friendly gift?

Neom are one of the best UK brands if you like natural ingredients and products that are cruelty-free. Also, Neom have committed to make all their packaging reusable, refillable, or made from recycled materials by 2025. A great combination of good values and high-quality products.  

Who will it suit

Anyone who has lots of fancy jars in their bathroom/bedroom! And anyone who has complained about not sleeping well – this kit is specifically geared at helping people doze off thanks to the calming essential oils in the products. 

Good to know

The products are quite small-sized in the gift sets – consider getting something extra as well. 

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.